The Fall Is Being Investigated Over That Grim Final Episode

Paul Spector's fate sparked complaints from some viewers

Poldark might've got a pass, but The Fall is being investigated by Ofcom over screen violence.

The final episode of the BBC chiller saw killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) take his own life, hanging himself.

A spokesperson for Ofcom told Digital Spy: "We're investigating whether the depiction of suicide in this programme complied with our rules."

Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) dies in The Fall s03e06

Though only two viewers contacted Ofcom about the sequence, it is duty-bound to investigate any complaint it receives.

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The Walking Dead is also being investigated over violent scenes in its season premiere.

The Fall creator Allan Cubitt had previously hit back at criticisms over the show's graphic content, insisting that he was eager to "keep it as limited as possible".

Rose Stagg and Paul Spector in The Fall s03e01

"I don't expect to be applauded for the fact that there is [only] one woman killed in The Fall," he said. "But I do think it's of note compared with so many other shows I see, where the body count is astronomical.

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"You can watch one episode of Luther and see more female victims than you see across the entire run of The Fall."

Gillian Anderson in The Fall finale

He'd also previously dismissed accusations of misogyny levelled at the series, which saw Dornan's character stalk women in Belfast.

"If you think that The Fall is misogynistic... then I would've failed abjectly, completely," Cubitt argued. "My feeling is that people who think about it probably haven't given it the closest reading.

"It might be a knee-jerk reaction to something that depicts violence against women. Nothing that I've ever done has been written with the sum notion of degrading or demeaning women."

From: Digital Spy